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PC culture is tossing out classic American novels and other comments.

Transit expert: Why It Pays To Stop Fare-Beaters Neither Mayor de Blasio nor officials at the MTA were given a heads-up on Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s decision to stop prosecuting subway fare-beaters. But City Journal’s Nicole Gelinas maintains they’re both “right to oppose the poorly thought out and poorly explained change of policy.” Because “deterring...
Time: 17:08     Date: 14.02.2018
Last US News - Opinion: PC culture is tossing out classic American novels and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

Neither Mayor de Blasio nor officials at the MTA were given a heads-up on Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s decision to stop prosecuting subway fare-beaters. But City Journal’s Nicole Gelinas maintains they’re both “right to oppose the poorly thought out and poorly explained change of policy.” Because “deterring people from stealing from the MTA keeps mass transit safe.” Moreover, “Vance appears to be peddling a solution without a problem,” since “most fare beaters already avoid arrest,” getting civil violations instead. Yet even “the threat of prosecution serves as a credible deterrent to repeat offenders and even to would-be first offenders.” Plus, Vance’s “insinuation that some poor people can’t help but be chronic thieves is an insult to the far greater number of poor people who pay their fares.”

Iconoclast: Anti-Trumpism Has Gone Too Far

David Frum at The Atlantic laments the “social-media rage-spasm” surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions “for merely referencing the “incontrovertible and familiar fact” that there is such a thing as an “Anglo-American legal tradition.” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Ha.) even accused him of using an “appalling” and presumably racist “dog whistle.” But Frum sees in this an over-reaction by the anti-Trump “recoil”: Taking offense at mention of the Anglo-American legal heritage is “absurd” but relatively benign. Yet the worst may lie ahead: “Many Democrats are speaking as if immigration enforcement is inherently immoral, as if every Trump voter is a deplorable racist, as if the proper response to Trump’s ethnic chauvinism is an equal and opposite counter-chauvinism.”

From the right: Guess Who Came to Dinner?

Why, asks Commentary’s Sohrab Ahmari, are the news media ignoring a “major political scandal” involving “an anti-American government, a prominent member of Congress and a far-right group that traffics in anti-Semitism, homophobia and conspiracy theories”? Because the government is Iran, the pol is Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison and the group is Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Yet Ellison and Farrakhan attended a 2013 dinner hosted by Iranian President Hasan Rouhani — even though the congressman “has spent much of his political career running away from Farrakhan” and sending “earnest letters of apology to Jewish groups.” For all their tub-thumping over alleged Trump-Russia collusion, clearly some “progressive Democrats had no compunction about hobnobbing with representatives of an anti-American terror state.”

Conservative: Say Goodbye to Huck Finn and Atticus

The Duluth School District in Minnesota has yanked two American classics — “Huckleberry Finn’ and “To Kill a Mockingbird” — from its required reading list because they contain a certain racial slur. It’s a case, suggests National Review’s Kyle Smith, of “art that takes a stand against hatred” being “confused with hate speech.” And while the books will still be available in school libraries, the move is still “motivated by the censorious impulse, the desire to stamp out this or that disturbing expression.” Says Smith: “If you think Mark Twain and Harper Lee are degrading to black people because their characters use racist language, you’re doing literature wrong.” Moreover, “it is doing no favors for young people to quarantine them from books that consider other ages, other mores, other viewpoints — some of which were vile.” Professor: School Is About Signaling, Not Skill-Building

Parents and teachers warn students that to succeed in today’s “unforgiving job market,” they can’t “just coast through school,” notes Bryan Caplan in the LA Times. But students, who “rarely heed this advice,” may actually know better. “While the labor market rewards good grades and fancy degrees, most of the subjects schools require simply aren’t relevant on the job,” he notes. All that matters is the diploma, not an actual education, giving students “a chance to party in the present without hurting job prospects in the future.” Fact is, “most of education’s payoff comes from graduation, from crossing the academic finish line.” And “as long as [students] have good grades and finish their degrees, employers care little about what they’ve learned.” — Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Mueller’s crackdown on foreign lobbyists and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News
Mueller’s crackdown on foreign lobbyists and other comments.
Security writer: Real Mueller Crackdown Is on Lobbyists The people who should be the most nervous about Special Counsel Robert...
Last US News - Opinion: Why George Washington’s rules matter more than ever today. NY Post 24 - US News
Why George Washington’s rules matter more than ever today.
Before George Washington was the father of his country, or commander of the Continental Army in the Revolution, or even a...
Last US News - Opinion: Fake photo tells the truth about NY’s pathetic ‘economic development’ schemes. NY Post 24 - US News
Fake photo tells the truth about NY’s pathetic ‘economic development’ schemes.
How pathetic are New York’s economic-development efforts? Well, state officials were just caught illustrating the programs’...
Last US News - Opinion: Sorry: Trump’s campaign wasn’t competent enough to pull off collusion. NY Post 24 - US News
Sorry: Trump’s campaign wasn’t competent enough to pull off collusion.
Despite the indictment of 13 Russian professional social-media pranksters who worked to tip the 2016 election to Donald Trump,...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Mueller’s crackdown on foreign lobbyists and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News
Mueller’s crackdown on foreign lobbyists and other comments.
Security writer: Real Mueller Crackdown Is on Lobbyists The people who should be the most nervous about Special Counsel Robert...
Last US News - Opinion: Why George Washington’s rules matter more than ever today. NY Post 24 - US News
Why George Washington’s rules matter more than ever today.
Before George Washington was the father of his country, or commander of the Continental Army in the Revolution, or even a...
Last US News - Opinion: Fake photo tells the truth about NY’s pathetic ‘economic development’ schemes. NY Post 24 - US News
Fake photo tells the truth about NY’s pathetic ‘economic development’ schemes.
How pathetic are New York’s economic-development efforts? Well, state officials were just caught illustrating the programs’...
Last US News - Opinion: Sorry: Trump’s campaign wasn’t competent enough to pull off collusion. NY Post 24 - US News
Sorry: Trump’s campaign wasn’t competent enough to pull off collusion.
Despite the indictment of 13 Russian professional social-media pranksters who worked to tip the 2016 election to Donald Trump,...
Last US News - Opinion: Critics are wrong: Obamas’ presidential portraits a huge success. NY Post 24 - US News
Critics are wrong: Obamas’ presidential portraits a huge success.
It’s a sign of the times, painted by hand. It seems the new portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama have nigh blown the...

Living

US Living News: Americans are making more money for a depressing reason. NY Post 24 - US News
Americans are making more money for a depressing reason.
Many Americans have gone a long time without getting a raise — even as their cost of living has gone up. That’s left...
US Living News: Lab-grown meat: It’s about to be what’s for dinner. NY Post 24 - US News
Lab-grown meat: It’s about to be what’s for dinner.
Familiar cuts of beef, pork and poultry turned out by San Francisco Bay Area-based Memphis Meats and its handful of competitors...
US Living News: 500K people live in a country that doesn’t exist. NY Post 24 - US News
500K people live in a country that doesn’t exist.
Transnistria is the size of Dallas, Texas. Nestled between Moldova and Ukraine, it has a population of just under 500,000...
US Living News: Alien-like fish can turn its eyes into multicolored flashlights. NY Post 24 - US News
Alien-like fish can turn its eyes into multicolored flashlights.
Life in the deep reaches of the oceans often takes on unusual forms to suit its surroundings. Some species of fish evolve...
US Living News: ‘Superager’ brains could hold the key to staying sharp in old age. NY Post 24 - US News
‘Superager’ brains could hold the key to staying sharp in old age.
WASHINGTON — It’s pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone...
US Living News: Want a promotion? It pays to sit near your boss. NY Post 24 - US News
Want a promotion? It pays to sit near your boss.
Where should you sit in an open-plan office? In recent months, Google has made it clear that artificial intelligence is a...
US Living News: Swarm of 200 earthquakes rocks Yellowstone’s supervolcano. NY Post 24 - US News
Swarm of 200 earthquakes rocks Yellowstone’s supervolcano.
Something is causing the Yellowstone supervolcano to stir in its sleep. A swarm of some 200 earthquakes has been detected...
US Living News: Selfie-obsessed tourists desecrate dead blue whale. NY Post 24 - US News
Selfie-obsessed tourists desecrate dead blue whale.
Authorities were appalled to discover a 66-foot-long, beached blue whale along the coast of Punta Delgada, Chile, desecrated...

Business

Last US Business News: Kylie Jenner sends Snapchat stock falling with a single tweet. NY Post 24 - US News
Kylie Jenner sends Snapchat stock falling with a single tweet.
Oh Snap! Snapchat’s stock took a nosedive Thursday — after Kylie Jenner announced she’d quit the app. The stock...
Last US Business News: Chase says glitch gave customers access to wrong accounts. NY Post 24 - US News
Chase says glitch gave customers access to wrong accounts.
A bizarre glitch in Chase’s website early Thursday gave some of the bank’s customers access to other people’s accounts...
Last US Business News: Warren Buffett’s optimism may get tested this year. NY Post 24 - US News
Warren Buffett’s optimism may get tested this year.
Warren Buffett may use part of his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, due on Saturday, to renew his optimism...
Last US Business News: Twitter cracking down on ‘tweet bots’ allegedly used by Russians. NY Post 24 - US News
Twitter cracking down on ‘tweet bots’ allegedly used by Russians.
Twitter said it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic...
Last US Business News: Ray Dalio sees 70 percent chance of US recession by 2020. NY Post 24 - US News
Ray Dalio sees 70 percent chance of US recession by 2020.
Billionaire investor Ray Dalio, who founded the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, thinks there is a relatively...
Last US Business News: Angry Birds maker’s stock plunges more than 40 percent. NY Post 24 - US News
Angry Birds maker’s stock plunges more than 40 percent.
Angry Birds game maker Rovio Entertainment warned on profits on Thursday, wiping more than 40 percent off the Finnish company’s...
Last US Business News: Taco Bell knocks Burger King off fast-food throne. NY Post 24 - US News
Taco Bell knocks Burger King off fast-food throne.
Americans love their Locos Tacos, Nacho Fries and Quesaritos. The popular items on the Taco Bell menu helped the Mexican-style...
Last US Business News: Tim Cook would end quarterly earnings reports if he were ‘king’. NY Post 24 - US News
Tim Cook would end quarterly earnings reports if he were ‘king’.
What would you do if you were king for a day? Cure cancer? Bring peace to the land? For Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, the...

Metro

Metro News: Salesman back in prison for scamming, threatening patrons. NY Post 24 - US News
Salesman back in prison for scamming, threatening patrons.
A short-sighted eyeglass salesman is back in prison for two years — his penalty from an exasperated judge who couldn’t...
Metro News: Football coaches among highest paid state employees. NY Post 24 - US News
Football coaches among highest paid state employees.
Education pays– especially if you’re a top administrator, medical staffer or football coach at New York’s public...
Metro News: NYC schools see rise in lockdown incidents. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC schools see rise in lockdown incidents.
As NYC schools face more violent threats, principals and the NYPD have issued more emergency orders for students to stay...
Metro News: Motorists add Port Authority to lawsuit claiming unfair tolls. NY Post 24 - US News
Motorists add Port Authority to lawsuit claiming unfair tolls.
A group of motorists have added the Port Authority ​as a defendant in a lawsuit claiming th​​at they are getting soaked...
Metro News: Ex-City Council candidate arrested for stealing campaign funds. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-City Council candidate arrested for stealing campaign funds.
Former New York City Council candidate Albert Alvarez has been arrested on charges of stealing thousands of dollars in campaign...
Metro News: Cuomo vows new Metro-North station for Woodbury Commons. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo vows new Metro-North station for Woodbury Commons.
New Yorkers will be able to shop til they drop at Woodbury Commons, without having to worry about battling traffic jams,...
Metro News: NYC just saw its biggest economic boom in 70 years. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC just saw its biggest economic boom in 70 years.
New York City’s economy is booming, with 702,200 jobs added between 2009 and 2017 — the longest economic expansion...
Metro News: De Blasio says armed city school officers would cost $1.2B. NY Post 24 - US News
De Blasio says armed city school officers would cost $1.2B.
Mayor de Blasio told state lawmakers it’s impractical to assign armed officers to patrol all of the city’s 1,400 school...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Why Aaron Boone’s meaningless debut matters. NY Post 24 - US News
Why Aaron Boone’s meaningless debut matters.
TAMPA — Three of his regulars aren’t going to play. The others will hang around for three innings. The final six...
Last US Sport News: Russell Wilson is hyped about joining Yankees camp. NY Post 24 - US News
Russell Wilson is hyped about joining Yankees camp.
Russell Wilson wants to try and match longballs with the Yankees’ latest dynamic duo. Wilson will be reporting to Yankees...
Last US Sport News: Conor McGregor says he’s back, foe’s trainer calls him ‘prostitute’. NY Post 24 - US News
Conor McGregor says he’s back, foe’s trainer calls him ‘prostitute’.
Conor McGregor is back. Or so he says. Taking to Instagram on Thursday afternoon, the mercurial UFC superstar even said that...
Last US Sport News: Tiger Woods’ day gets better and better the closer you look at it. NY Post 24 - US News
Tiger Woods’ day gets better and better the closer you look at it.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods said he was “pleased’’ with the opening-round even-par 70 he shot Thursday...
Last US Sport News: Olympian’s ‘please treat dogs better’ plea met with anger. NY Post 24 - US News
Olympian’s ‘please treat dogs better’ plea met with anger.
Dutch speed skater Jan Blokhuijsen apologized Thursday after igniting the wrath of many South Koreans by lecturing the Winter...